Il Tanaceto

Sicily, a world apart


We love our land and we have visited the most beautiful places in Sicily and Mount Etna, so we can suggest itineraries, tours, horseback riding, biking, walking, boating and whatever makes our island a world apart.

Blue seas, a black volcano, narrow streets and alleys, typical food and cakes

..rich museums, palaces, Baroque churches, ancient theatres, pottery shops, lace, coral, jewellery, antiques and well known brand shops are just a few kilometres far from the house.

Il Tanaceto is the ideal starting point for day trips to the artistic and natural sights of Eastern Sicily, like the mythical Taormina and Giardini Naxos, Mount Etna, the fishing village of Acitrezza, the Baroque town of Acireale and its coastline, Catania with its lava stone buildings, Caltagirone - the city famous for its ceramics, golden Syracuse, Noto - the capital of Baroque style, and many more.

The closest destinations from the house are worth a trip and are only a few hours far from it!

Alcantara Gorges | Il Tanaceto | Surroundings

We strongly recommend Alcantara Gorges to lovers of nature trails. In thousands years the river Alcantara has created a valley that owes its fame to its particular formation flows from Mount Etna, locally known as "gorges". They have sheer vertical walls for dozens of meters. You can admire them just walking in the canyons and, if you want, you can swim in the river!

Castiglione di Sicilia | Il Tanaceto | Surroundings

Castiglione. As early as 403 BC the Greeks inhabited this town after building a fortress. After them the Romans and the Arabs came. They built bridges and bred crocodiles in the river Alcantara. Then Castiglione became a royal city with the Normans and the Swabians. Its legendary castle, rich palaces and churches are still admired. "Cannizzu" - a lookout tower split in two after being hit by lightning - is really impressive. Santa Domenica’s Church is also worth a visit; it is a rare, valuable example of Byzantine domed building of the seventh century.

The village of Randazzo overlooks Alcantara river Valley and is in the centre of what was once called Demon Valley. Churches, palaces, museums, streets are all built in lava stone: a true environmental and architectural gem surrounded by three protected areas - the Regional Park of Mount Etna, Nebrodi Park and Alcantara River Park. Each charming corner offers different views and impressive, unique landscapes where you can still see the traces of ancient civilizations and signs of medieval splendour. You can also venture out on the trails which wind along old and new lava fields as far as Mount Spagnolo and its beech forest, the Ice Cave, the Cave, the nature trail called “Burrò”, shepherds’ancient walkways and many more.

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